Smoke-Tobacco Free Campus

In order to promote health and safety, while maintaining the cleanliness of college property, all Jefferson College campuses are transitioning to tobacco free/smoke free environments under a recent policy adopted by the Board of Trustees (to view the policy
click here).

Jaffco Kicks ButtsDuring the transition, the use of tobacco and all smoke-related products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, smokeless/chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, herbal smoke products, hookahs, and beedies) is restricted to designated smoking shelters/areas and inside personal vehicles. The policy pertains to all students, faculty, staff, other employees, contractors, performers, and visitors. Those who violate the policy are subject to a $25 fine.

In conjunction with the policy’s implementation, a student petition was recently distributed regarding the use of e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. After careful consideration of information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health-related organizations, the college’s Environment and Safety Committee unanimously chose not to recommend a policy revision regarding the use of electronic cigarettes due to the fact that e-cigs can be loaded with various "drops" including nicotine, resulting in the inability of college officials to determine what has been placed into the device.

The Facts About E-Cigarettes (Electronic Cigarettes)

According to the FDA, the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes have not been fully studied. As a result, consumers of e-cigarette products currently have no way of knowing (1) whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use, (2) how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or (3) if there are any benefits associated with using these products. Additionally, it is not known if e-cigarettes may lead people to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death. To view info from the FDA, click here.

Here are three facts about e-cigarettes everyone should know:

E-cigs contain nicotine:

An e-cig is a battery operated (disposable or rechargeable) device that contains nicotine. The nicotine is turned into a vapor in the e-cig and then inhaled. The vapor looks similar to smoke. E-cigs come in all sorts of sizes and sometimes have flavored nicotine cartridges.

E-cigs aren’t regulated:

E-cigs contain other chemicals besides nicotine, which also get inhaled. Since e-cigs aren’t regulated yet, there’s no way of knowing how much nicotine is in them or what other chemicals they contain. These two things make the safety of e-cigs unclear.

E-cigs haven’t been shown to be effective:

There haven’t been any scientific studies that prove e-cigs actually help people to quit smoking.

For more details, click here. Based upon these facts by the FDA and other health-related organizations, Jefferson College’s policy prohibits the use of e-cigarettes.

The recent petition also sought a revision regarding the requirement that those who smoke in their personal vehicle must do so with the windows up. As a courtesy, the enforcement of this specific part of the policy will be suspended during the transition period as college officials continue to study the impact and effects of this issue. Additional information will be shared about this matter in the future.

With the start of the Fall 2014 semester (August 18, 2014), temporary smoking shelters/areas will be removed as all campuses become completely tobacco and smoke free. Violators will be subject to a $25 fine.

As an educational institution, Jefferson College appreciates your understanding and support in matters of health awareness and education. Smoking cessation programs and additional information about the transition will be available throughout the school year.

Click here to view Designated Smoking Areas.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 April 2014 )